A recent Facebook status announced:
“No excuses, folks. Don’t drink and drive and don’t ride with anybody who has been drinkin. Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You don’t have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year’s Eve/Day they will take your drunk self and your car home for FREE. Save this number 1-800-222-4357. Please re-post this if you want to help save lives”
With people still being killed or injured by drunk drivers, the post circulated quickly, going viral in a matter of hours. Unfortunately, the information is not exactly correct as the program is not nationwide. In fact, it is not offered in the Delaware beach resort area.
Only Offered by a Few AAA Clubs
According to the AAA website, the “Tow to Go” program is offered by a limited number of AAA clubs throughout the country. The program, in partnership with Budweiser, does offer free transportation and towing to those who overindulge on New Year’s Eve. You can find a list of the participating clubs here.
AAA “Tow to Go” Program
The program varies by location, as some clubs offer a three to five mile radius for drivers and vehicles, while others have no mileage limit. A program that began in 1998, the “Tow to Go” program has safely removed more than 13,000 intoxicated driver. In Baltimore, AAA clubs offer “Tipsy Taxi” programs which offer free cab rides to those who have had too much to drink.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a list of sober ride programs that are available around the country. The list can be found through the AAA website.
Research indicates that the majority of those charged with drunk driving did not intend to drink and drive. Often peer pressure, not paying attention to how much they drank and other factors contribute to someone overdrinking when they didn’t plan to do so. Programs such as “Tipsy Taxi” and “Tow to Go” offer an alternative to getting behind the wheel after drinking.
The best option if you choose to go out on New Year’s Eve at Delaware beach resorts is to choose a designated driver before you head to the celebration. Those who would like to see a local AAA club offer the “Tow to Go” or “Tipsy Taxi” program offered in their area should contact their local club office.